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Neil Gaiman’s A Short Film About John Bolton


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Documentary: B-



Neil Gaiman is one of the most interesting, innovative, sincere and talented writers and artists in all of Horror and Fantasy.  He has proven this with his classic British TV series Neverwhere (reviewed elsewhere on this site) to the building following for Mirrormask (covered a few places on this site), so when he decides to call attention to an artist he likes, it should be interesting indeed.  Neil Gaiman’s A Short Film About John Bolton does not disappoint, as he takes in the latest erotic horror creations by Mr. Bolton, who has an uncanny ability to combine deeply sexual female nude images with dark vampiric ones.


The main program is only 30 minutes, but it is always interesting and compelling, though likely smart enough to know how long it can cover the subject without getting more personal than Mr. Bolton might like.  However, it does show that the mutual admiration comes from kindred imaginations that would typically be censored by a conformity that is not helping our society in general in a way that more than ever wants to suppress the different and free thought in general by labeling some ideas as “dangerous”.  All that makes the program worth a look.


The letterboxed 1.78 X 1/16 X 9 image is a little softer than would be desired for a film about unique paintings, but is watchable.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is better, though it does not have any surrounds, typical of most documentaries.  Extras include a making of program, a live evening with Gaiman, audio commentary track by Gaiman and actor Marcus Brigstocke, text biographies, Bolton stills gallery and audio clip of Gaiman reading Drawn In Darkness from his Harlequin Valentine graphic novel.  That is yet another interesting project with Gaiman’s involvement and the extras fill out the disc well without being padding we get too often on DVD.  We look forward to more from Gaiman soon.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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